.As many as 47 million Americans are sleep deprived (National Sleep Foundation). Being exhausted leads to a myriad of health and lifestyle problems. The health and well-being website everydayhealth.com offers tips which center on using guided imagery to help with sleep. In an interview, Donna Freeman-Powell, a certified guided imagery therapist, explains that “…imagery bring[s] your brain into a deeply relaxed state,” which is conducive to a good night’s sleep. Once in this state, the brain is more susceptible to beneficial suggestions like “you will sleep soundly through the night and awake refreshed.” The calming effects of regularly using guided imagery to help with sleep can help both your sleeping and waking life. Additionally, it has none of the negative side-effects of prescriptions and sleep aids. While it may take a while to get used to using guided imagery, everydayhealth.com encourages guided imagery as part of an effective pre-sleep routine.
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